Among the audience, Shibaken wonders when Mushroom will come onstage. Looking at the schedule, he thinks that there will be two songs more before Mushroom. Sitting behind Shibaken, an elegantly-dressed black-haired woman also looks at the schedule. She sees that Mush is on the 8th song. She smiles and anticipates. [<- I’m guessing that she is Kyoko] Backstage, Riko is doing some vocalization. Then, a staff member tells Riko to get ready onstage. Riko puts her earphones on and says okay. She thinks that actually, she really doesn’t want to wear the earphone. Flashback: During rehearsal onstage, without her earphones, Riko felt everything is shaking. She thought that the sound is coming from above and penetrating through her eardrum and then echoes into her ear. Confused, Riko asked what this is. Shun told her that this is what he told her before, it is the feedback[/playback]. He said that the first time he heard it, he was also shocked by it. Riko asked how come the sound that she heard vibrates.
He told her that the speed of sound is 330 m/s and relatively, the bouncing back of the sound will delay at this distance. Riko do not understand it so Shun explained to her that if the space is quite big and they don’t use the earphones, no matter it is singing or performing, it will be more difficult especially at Budokan. In terms of space, the roof is one with the highest width so he thinks that the vibration is more tremendous coming from above. Riko said that it would be very bad if the earphones break. Shun agreed. He said that is why they need this. Pointing to a device on the floor, he told her that this hi-fi system [/stereo sound system] can emit a sound to cover up the echo so in a worst case scenario, it would be okay to just stand at this place. Riko said is that so. Shun added but, because the sound is really loud, it is possible that one will feel pain in the ears. Riko didn’t reply. Putting on his earphones, Shun said that even if it is like that, he also wants to take the earphones off and sing with one’s huge booming voice. Riko is puzzled. He explained to her that if they wear the earphones, they cannot really hear the sound of the audience. “Obviously, they are so near but it feels very far away.” End Flashback.
Aki opens the door to the audience seats and hear the fangirls screaming. Shun thanks everyone. As the fans scream the names of the band, Shun removes his earphones and smiles as the fangirls shout they like CP the most. He says they’re so cute. This made the fangirls squeal. As Shun laughs, Shinya asks isn’t he too frivolous [/flirty]. Shun protests that it is really what everyone thinks. Teppei and Kaoru exclaim that he would unexpectedly act moe [/act cute]. Back at the audience seats, Sou looks at the side to see Aki sitting beside him. Aki glances at him in acknowledgement. Yuu protests as to why this NEET also came and Riko would unexpectedly bring her boyfriend along. Back on the stage, Shun looks at Shinya and asks what they will do next. This startles Reiko. Holding the microphone to him, Shinya says, that’s right..he thinks it is a bit.. Back at the audience, Aki muses that if it is Shinya’s fan, there is no way that she’ll ran off to the toilet and not stay to watch this. Reiko is surprised when Shinya mentions about a change of hairstyle. He apologizes and says that there are many people in front. There are a couple of guys who brought out a box.
While Shinya rampages into box, Aki smiles and mutters that even if it is unsuitable for him to say this but this is a really vile method. Reiko and the fangirls blush in surprise. After some screams, the spotlight is on Shinya wearing a cherry helmet-type of thing on his head. Shun exclaims that it’s so cute. Shinya asks if it provokes people to pamper [/love tenderly] him and by the way, there is another one. Shun exclaims in disbelief and asks if he’ll also wear one. Soon, while Shinya looks embarrassed, Shun also wears the cherry helmet thing which is connected to Shinya’s. Flashing a v-sign, he asks the audience how it is. Fangirls scream. Shun asks what’s up with this, making him into a cherry, too. “What do you want to do, Shinya-kun?” Shinya says that isn’t this because Aki wrote a strange song. Shun exclaims that it is because he wrote a song about cherry and mushroom. Reiko and fangirls are stunned when Riko’s face with the name MUSH from Mush&Co is flashed on screen. Aki mutters, “Fly!” Wearing a mushroom helmet, Riko flies up on stage from below.
The manager is surprised when Shibaken is suddenly shouting that the Mushroom is Mushroom herself. Shun exclaims that tonight, it is a limited special band, MUSHPLAY, ‘[If I] Fell in Love with a Rock ’n Roll Girl’. Kaoru is wearing a snow pea helmet and I’m not sure what Teppei is wearing. Kyoko muses that it turns out to be like that, this way, they were able to prevent the awkwardness of having the audience leaving the site. Riko looks at the audience and sees Aki sitting beside Sou. Kyouko muses that onstage, it hasn’t change a bit that the focus is on CP. “Shun-kun only has to walk the hanamichi and no one will look at that girl’s direction, Takagi-kun.” [<- hanamichi is used in Kabuki wherein the main actor walks through a plank where the audience gave him flowers, so here, it is pretty much Shun just get to have the fangirls’ attention and they won’t mind Riko.] Soichiro sits beside her and chuckles. Kyoko asks if he used some kind of method again. Soichiro asks how could he when it is enough to just make them listen to Mushroom’s singing voice. Riko sees Aki smiling at her. She recalls him telling her that he believes in her. Riko happily smiles like she usually does. To his manager’s disbelief, it made Shibaken screaming that their eyes met and she even smiled at him. Shibaken is mistaken for Aki is sitting a couple of seats directly behind him.
Pointing to Riko who walks down the platform, Shun sings, “What a girl, like a poisoned mushroom!♪ You’ve poisoned me ♫ I’m so addicted ♬ that I couldn’t free myself from always smiling like this.” Riko happily sings back, “What a boy, like vulnerable cherry!♪ You’re so pure ♬ that you’ll quickly become red and get angry. ♫” Reiko and the fangirls are stunned. Soon, the fangirls start to enjoy the performance, Reiko thinks that it is really amazing. “So amazing. You’re so outstanding. From early on, I already knew. *During a school festival, section 1-2 held a café, wherein Riko performed for the customers. Reiko watched this. End flashback.* So, I must not let you be on the limelight.” Fangirls scream that it is awesome and cute. While CP and Mush walk through the stage that crosses between the audience [/hanamichi-type of plank], Reiko watches with a tear on her eye. In defeat, she thinks, “At least, in Crude Play’s LIVE, I was able to forget about school.” Back at the audience, Soichiro is surprised when Kyoko lets out a giggle. She says, “Just now, you said that there is no other method used, but this song is made to fit her voice’s strong points. And, it is cleverly made, isn’t it?” The last scene is Aki watching Riko singing.
Comment: Well, there are some lovey-dovey and encouragement stuff for the couple. That might be nice for those who are into this couple but unfortunately, I’m not one of them. ^^; Their tactic is also good to prevent Reiko or anyone else from leaving their seats. And, those fruit-vegetable helmet things are a bit silly looking. ^^;; Though for fans, it must be a treat to see them like that. Kyoko has made her appearance. I think this performance will make her convince Soichiro or rather, pursue Riko to drop the Co. from Mush&Co. Something like it sealed the fate for Mush&Co and Riko might really go solo from here on..well, maybe at least, until the contract expires or get cancelled. I’m curious though why there was a mention of the earphones during concert. It makes me think that someone might go deaf after this series like something bad is going to happen. ^^; Or, maybe the mangaka is just giving us some other information about how it is onstage. Or, it goes to show how Shun loves the audience that he would even temporarily remove his earphones just to hear them. Nevertheless, it really shows that Shun is quite charismatic. And amusingly, Shibaken thinks that Riko is looking at him, and he is really acting like a fanboy. Until now, Yuu is totally clueless over who Aki really is. ^^;; I guess that’s the end of Reiko. I seriously doubt that she would cause more trouble. So, with most of the antagonists out of the way and Riko is really on her way up, is it time to wrap this series up? Scans by 红莲 & all★wink汉化组
Word of the day:
Keep your soul invigorated with the fresh air of change and challenge. ‘Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth. Isaiah 43:19’ ~ 101 mottos for success by J. Richards and M.S. Fontaine.